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The Bridge (1959)

Die Brücke (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 May 1961 (USA)
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director:

Bernhard Wicki
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Folker Bohnet Folker Bohnet ... Hans Scholten
Fritz Wepper ... Albert Mutz
Michael Hinz ... Walter Forst
Frank Glaubrecht Frank Glaubrecht ... Jurgen Borchert
Karl Michael Balzer Karl Michael Balzer ... Karl Horber
Volker Lechtenbrink ... Klaus Hager
Günter Hoffmann Günter Hoffmann ... Sigi Bernhard (as Günther Hoffmann)
Cordula Trantow ... Franziska
Wolfgang Stumpf ... Stern
Günter Pfitzmann Günter Pfitzmann ... Heilmann
Heinz Spitzner Heinz Spitzner ... Fröhlich
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Lt. Colonel
Ruth Hausmeister Ruth Hausmeister ... Mrs. Mutz
Eva Vaitl Eva Vaitl ... Mrs. Borchert
Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mother Bernhard
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Storyline

A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge. Written by Miranda Callahan

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They look for love in a world of violence!

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

None of the tanks shown in the movie are real. Since the German army still did not have any tanks in 1959, Bernhard Wicki had to have wooden models constructed, they were then placed on top of a truck chassis. The wheels can clearly been seen under the "tank" body. See more »

Goofs

The action takes place within a couple of days in the late spring of 1945 as the US forces were moving through Bavaria. However, the trees clearly show their late Autumn remaining foliage, instead of spring buds and new leaves. See more »

Quotes

Sigi Bernhard: What's for dinner?
Mother Bernhard: Cabbage.
Sigi Bernhard: Cabbage again?
Mother Bernhard: There isn't anything else.
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Alternate Versions

An English dubbed version was released in the USA in 1963. See more »

Connections

Featured in Loriots 80. Geburtstag (2003) See more »

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mislead youths
9 February 2000 | by maerteSee all my reviews

A number of German teenage boys are recruited for the "Volkssturm" in the final days of World War II.

Before they are just normal guys experiencing their first love or having a taste for adventure. This taste for adventure has been exploited by the regime who now tries to use their idealism for delaying the defeat of Germany. They boys think they will contribute to the "Endsieg".

A lieutenant who is like most other grown up persons in the film devoid of any enthusiasm makes a plan to secure them. But the "idealism" the Nazi regime has inculcated into them shatters his plans.

This film moves a generation of Germans growing up around 1960. I think its honors in demasking the Nazi regime among that generation can not be doubted. Therefore some flaws (some melodramatic scenes, mediocre acting by the boys) may be excused. (8/10)


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

1 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Cham, Bavaria, Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fono Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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